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Ruth Henderson/Keyes

Ruth Joyce Henderson/Keyes

Saturday, March 19th, 1927 - Monday, July 22nd, 2019
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We are announcing the passing of Ruth Joyce Henderson/Keyes who died on July 22, 2019 at the age of 92 while residing at Arbour Heights long term care facility in Kingston. She had been living with Alzheimer’s disease for many years. While we are saddened by her passing we are also relieved that she is no longer living with this disease. The staff in Arbour Heights often stated that Ruth always had a cheery disposition and laughed a lot.

Ruth moved to Brockville in 1951 with her first husband, deceased John Edward Henderson, from Toronto, shortly after his graduation from Osgoode Law School. They took up residence in Brockville and had three children together, Sherry, David and Sandra. Ruth is predeceased by her youngest daughter Sandra and her second husband Albert Keyes.

Ruth was a fun-loving and out-going woman who loved people and had a positive attitude towards life. She loved downhill skiing, which she did for many, many years, she loved horseback riding, which she did with her first husband, deceased John Henderson. She also enjoyed playing tennis, boating, swimming, yoga and travelling. She was also an animal lover and took care of the animals in her life. Ruth had an open mind to change, adventure and trying out new activities. During her life she helped and supported many people in a variety of ways. She had sympathy and compassion for people and animals in need. People close to her were well aware of this trait.

She is survived by her son David and his wife Gail, David’s two children Ashley and Christopher also her great grandchildren and her daughter Sherry and her partner Bernard.

There will be no memorial for Ruth only a private family gathering with arrangements entrusted to Irvine Funeral Home and Chapel, 4 James St. E., Brockville. In memory of Ruth, donations to the Alzheimer Society of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville will be gratefully appreciated. Send a condolence or share a story on the "memory wall" tab above or place a donation at https://alzheimer.ca/en/lanark .
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David Henderson

Posted at 01:39pm
Ruth had requested that this poem be shared with her obituary. This poem conveys Ruth’s feelings about death and dying.

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there, I do not sleep
I am a thousand winds that blow
I am the diamond glints on snow
I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am the gentle autumn rain
When you awaken in the mornings hush
I am the swift up-lifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight
I am the soft star that shines at night
Do not stand at my grave and cry
I am not there, I did not die.

Author Unknown

Submitted by her children, David and Sherry
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